Trident Maple – Acer Buergerianum


Trident Maple is a medium-sized deciduous tree known for its distinctive three-lobed leaves, vibrant fall colours, and attractive bark.

The Trident Maple, scientifically known as Acer buergerianum, is a deciduous tree that is highly regarded for its ornamental value. The Trident Maple is a medium-sized tree that typically reaches a height of 20 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters) with a rounded crown and a dense branching structure. Its distinctive feature is the three-lobed leaves, hence the name “Trident.” The leaves have serrated edges and turn vibrant shades of orange, red, or yellow in the fall, creating a beautiful display of autumn colours. The bark of the Trident Maple is greyish-brown and develops a rough texture as the tree matures.
The Trident Maple is native to East Asia and is well-adapted to a variety of growing conditions. It can tolerate both full sun and partial shade, although it performs best in areas with partial shade in hotter regions. The tree prefers well-drained soil but can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.
Due to its attractive foliage and graceful form, the Trident Maple is highly valued as an ornamental tree. It is commonly used in landscapes, gardens, parks, and as a bonsai specimen. The tree’s smaller size makes it suitable for urban and suburban environments, where it can be used as a street tree or planted near buildings. The vibrant fall foliage and interesting bark texture add visual interest to outdoor spaces.
The Trident Maple has moderate maintenance requirements. It benefits from regular watering, particularly during dry periods, to ensure healthy growth. Mulching around the base of the tree helps retain soil moisture and control weed growth. Pruning is typically done during the dormant season to maintain its shape and remove any dead or crossing branches. The tree is generally resilient to pests and diseases but should be monitored for common issues such as aphids or leaf spot.
The Trident Maple is highly favoured for bonsai cultivation. Its small leaves, attractive bark, and ability to develop a compact and well-proportioned form make it suitable for this art form. Bonsai enthusiasts appreciate the tree’s ability to tolerate pruning and shaping, allowing for intricate and artistic designs.


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Stem Girth

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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root

Foliage Type



Non Native

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Medium Growth






No Berries


Without Thornes


Non Toxic

Drought Tolerance


Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Colourful Foliage


Leaf Size


Natural Growth Style




Hard Wood Cutback?


Soil Type?

Clay-Heavy, Sandy-Well Draining, Grows in most soil types

Natural Shape



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